‘Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us‘ is a very intelligently directed video on the meaning and use of the Internet and how it has changed dramatically in recent years, especially with the advancement of ‘Web 2.0′. Definitely worth a watch … We Are The Web.
Apple are willing to drop DRM “in a heartbeat”, according to Steve Jobs (the CEO of Apple), on his personal blog. Are they really, though? I’m not so convinced.
However, some good points are raised in his open letter. It is true that the lobbying of EU governments to force labels to drop DRM will reap countless more rewards than lobbying Apple to drop DRM; and it is worthy of note that last year, ten times as many songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs than were sold online. I wonder where the illegally downloaded ones really did originate from…
Charlie Brooker of The Guardian hates Macs, and so the rant on his blog begins. By dissecting the new Mac advert (with Mitchell and Webb, of the amazing Peep Show) he shreds the Mac to pieces:
Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.
When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, “I hate Macs”, and then I think, “Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?”
This is ranting at its finest. The type I aspire to one day be able to formulate effortlessly. His tirade isn’t all one-sided though; he ends on “…if you’ll excuse me now, I feel an unexpected crash coming.”